Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
A two-week itinerary taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of Vietnam, with comfortable budget accommodation throughout.
A grand journey taking in the both the famous and little-known highlights of this fabulously diverse country.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Tam Coc Garden Resort (Ninh Binh)
Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery Tam Coc Garden Resort is a little countryside haven.
The 16 rooms have thatched roofs and tiled floors, each with its own private terrace and freestanding bath tub. The in-house restaurant offers tasty cuisine and the outdoor pool and friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing one. The resort has bikes for hire and makes the prefect base for exploring the near by Tam Coc and Trang An UNESCO World heritage sites.
Mai Chau Ecolodge (Mai Chau)
Situated in the heart of the beautiful countryside, this eco lodge is a popular choice for exploring the valleys and villages
Located in the heart of the Mai Chau valley and a gentle walk away from the villages of Lac and Pom Coong, Mai Chau Ecolodge is a refuge in the heart of this area of stunning scenery. Made entirely of natural materials and taking influence from the local style of houses, the lodge is a great place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There is no television or any entertainment services, but you wouldn't even notice you were missing it, instead taking time to relax by the pool and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Mandala Ou Resort (Nong Khiaw)
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Hanoi > Dong Hoi Sleeper Train (Hanoi)
The overnight train leaves Hanoi in the early evening and trundles south through the night to Dong Hoi and onwards to Hue. The Livitrans carriage provides the most comfortable option on the train, and though not luxurious it offers a reasonable level of cleanliness and service. Compartments are 4-berth, though these can be hired out for private usage if preferred. Please be aware that bunks are quite hard and approx. 170 cm long, and the train is relatively bumpy and noisy, so if you have difficulty sleeping this may be an option to avoid. You will be awoken 15 minutes prior to arrival, and on disembarkation make your way to through the station exit where your guide will be awaiting you. Please retain your ticket for inspection on exit.
Homestay (Ba Be)
The homestay in Pac Ngoi village is a great base for discovering Ba Be National Park. The village itself is located on the edge of the lake, next to rice paddies and surrounded by rainforest clad mountains. The homestay facilities are fairly basic and you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home, a traditional Tay stilted house with a terrace overlooking the rice fields and lake. You will have a private room with shared Western-style bathrooms and be served a delicious home cooked dinner. Your hosts don't speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures, and of course your guide is around too.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.